Ghanaian Catholics in Chicago donate $10,000 to church in Ghana

Damian Avevor – The Ghanaian Catholic Community at the St. Malachy+Precious Blood Parish in Chicago, USA, have donated $10,000 to the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) to support the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) at Fiapre near Sunyani and some designated Orphanages in the Country.

Making the Presentation at a ceremony at the National Catholic Secretariat in Accra on Friday, June 16, Mr. Francis Sarfo Kantanka, Vice President of the Community, said their widow’s mite of $5,000 was to support the activities of the Catholic University.

He said the other $5,000 was to be given to Prof. Sakyiwa Olympio to facilitate her work for the completion and operation of boreholes for some designated orphanages in the country.

The donation was made at a stakeholders Meeting between the Catholic Bishops, the Catholic University and identifiable Lay Societies and Association to brainstorm on modalities of setting up an Endowment Fund for the University.

Mr. Sarfo Kantanka, who was accompanied by Nana Kofi Owusu Ansah, former Vice President of the Chicago Community, pledged the Community’s continuous support to the Catholic University, which is the beacon of hope for the Church in Ghana.

He promised that the Community in Chicago would oragnise more fundraising activities to support the University.

He commended the Catholic Bishops of Ghana for putting up the University to enhance education in the country and lauded the CUCG authorities for properly managing the University to this stage in spite of the stiff competition and mushroom of Universities.

 

Mr. Sarfo Kantanka assured the Bishops of the Community’s maximum support and readiness to welcome them to Chicago whenever any of them visited Chicago.

Most Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, who received the donation on behalf of the President and the Conference, expressed gratitude to the Ghanaian Catholic Community for thinking of Ghana by raising funds to aid the Bishops of Ghana and the needy in society.

He called for support from Ghanaians for the Endowment Fund for the premier Catholic University in Ghana and asked Ghanaian Catholics in the diaspora to continue to give their unflinching support to develop the University which was performing creditably well.

In a letter to Most Rev. Philip Naameh, President of the GCBC and Archbishop of Tamale, signed by Rev. Fr. Moses Agorjesu, a Priest from the Koforidua Diocese, who is the Resident Priest at the St. Malachy+Precious Blood Parish, prayed that God will continuously direct, guide and strengthen the Bishops of Ghana.

Present at the ceremony were; Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, Episcopal Chairman for Education and Board Chairman of the CUCG; Most Rev. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji and Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, Bishops in charge of Laity, Women and Youth.

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